Little Grey Bungalow
Tatting fascinates me. The shuttle is so large, and the work is so small and delicate. Amazing.
Beautiful. If only I could see well enough to make it. I'm jealous of my other half who takes his glasses off to see tiny things clearly. A few of these would look wonderful on a Christmas tree.
Would either of you ladies like me to make one? Let me know and that shuttle will be out ASAP.
Sam, I am totally inept in this regard. I can smock and do counted cross-stitch, and I'm a pretty fair all-round seamstress, but no tatting, crochet or knitting. A curse, I'm afraid, of being left-handed.
I to am left handed and it does not matter with tatting. You use both hands in this craft. It is a craft that one really needs a teacher as I liken it to learning to drive a manual transmission. You are making the knot on the right hand and transferring it to the left hand. I, however, can not smock to save my life.
Lady Anne - Have you tried the old mirror trick with a how-to knit or crochet book? The reflected image shows what the stitches would look like done left handed. Well, I haven't smocked anything since the 60s, can't tat, can't do thread crochet any more, and can't do counted cross stitch worth a darn any more, but can knit and crochet colour from a chart (go figure.) And YES, I'd love one of these tatted crosses, but not for hanging, for framing with my other Christmas pictures, which are simple cross stitch pics done years ago and a plate with a classic religious scene. What can I trade you for one? How about I look see if I have tatting patterns hidden in the pile or something else? How do you feel about 1920s patterns?
I love old tatting patterns.The year does not matter but the 1920's had some lovely patterns. So I will get this started next week (have fittings with H.S. Actors tomorrow and 4 freshmen who want to learn to sew - so of course we are doing a 1940's play with tailoring!). My email is email@example.com. Send your mailing address?
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